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Summary

  1. Ex-teacher, 74, jailed for five-and-a-half years in Jersey for abusing boys
  2. Jersey "wasting time and money with aircraft registry"
  3. Care Inquiry recommendations will "need studying carefully", Jersey's Care Commission boss says
  4. Alderney States to move forward with plans to turn nunnery site into hostel
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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Sian Davies

BBC News Online

That's it for Channel Islands Local Live for Wednesday - and the sun was out! We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget the  Channel Islands News on BBC One  at 18:30 and 22:25.

Guernsey to donate to famine appeal

Oscar Pearson

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Overseas Aid and Development Commission agreed to donate £50,000 to the East African famine appeal this afternoon.

Jersey is sending £200,000 to help 16m people facing starvation in east Africa. 

Famine
BBC

The Disasters Emergency Committee say they urgently need money to provide food, water and medical treatment. 

The British government is to match the first £5m pounds donated.  

Latest weather: Cloudy and drizzly

BBC Weather

Skies will cloud over from the west through the evening, with a few spots of light rain or drizzle possible at times. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

Weather
BBC

Thursday will be mostly dry but cloudy, although there may be the odd spot of drizzle at times. It will be another mild day with light winds, and a few bright spells may develop through the day. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Art 'helps prisoners engage in behaviour management'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Art work produced by prisoners helps improve their self esteem, an art teacher has said.

Painting
HMP La Moye

Lucy Blackmore, a qualified art teacher who has been offering painting and drawing classes at HMP La Moye for nine years, said the chance to exhibit helps motivate prisoners to be creative.

Painting
HMP La Moye

She said: "It raises individual self-esteem and opens minds to engage in other educational opportunities and behaviour management programmes - all geared towards helping prisoners to make life-improving decisions.”  

The work will be displayed at Harbour Gallery, St Aubin from 24 March.

UK and Jersey forecasters to forge stronger links to reduce fog disruption

Sarah Bailey

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey weather forecasters plan to work more closely with their UK counterparts in future to reduce disruption caused by fog

Easyjet plane
Department of the Environment

Whole days of flying were lost last week when fog blanketed the island.   

Senior met officer Paul Aked said they were working with others in the UK so when fog caused trouble again they can act together to get a clearer forecast of how flying is likely to be affected. 

Man jailed over £50k frauds

BBC Radio Guernsey

A 60-year-old British photo-journalist has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after admitting defrauding five Guernsey businesses to the tune of £50,000.

Adrian McKenzie
Guernsey Police

The Royal Court heard Adrian McKenzie came to Guernsey in 2015, claiming to be a multi-millionaire looking for a home for his retirement.

Over nine months, he ran up debts with architects, an estate agent, an accountancy firm and a local hotel, while developing lavish, but ultimately false, plans for a property on the west coast, the court was told.

McKenzie, who has prior convictions for similar offences, was arrested after going missing in the island for a month last summer.

Possible 5% rise in cost of supermarket goods

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Guernsey shoppers can expect up to a 5% rise in the cost of supermarket goods this year, according to the Channel Islands Co-op.

Its chief operating officer said he believed the effects of a weak pound and rising oil prices would translate at the till. 

Shopping
Reuters

Mark Cox said the cost of goods could rise up to five pence in the pound by the end of the year, but add that the chain would do all it could to keep the cost of shopping down.

Film premiere at Jersey War Tunnels

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Another Mother's Son - the film telling the true story of Louisa Gould - will have a premiere at the Jersey War Tunnels.

Mrs Gould took in an escaped Russian prisoner during the Jersey's Occupation in World War Two, but was arrested and died in in the gas chambers at Ravensbrück concentration camp in February 1945.

War tunnels
BBC

It'll be shown at the tunnel theatre next Wednesday - its first showing after its London premiere later this week.

The film, written by Jenny Lecoat, her great neice, stars Jenny Seagrove, John Hannah and former Boyzone singer Ronan Keating.

Deal with Chinese regulator could open 'a whole new market'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The signing of a memoranda of understanding with a Chinese insurance regulator could open "a whole new market", Guernsey Finance says.

The signing marks a new set of agreements with China.

China markets
Getty Images

Kate Coulson, from Guernsey Finance, said the signing was "quite an important point to get resolved before business can go ahead".

She added: "Insurance companies here will have to hire staff, so it will mean job creation, generally facilitating the creation and opening of a whole new market."

Minister backs driving penalty points system

Jersey Evening Post

The Home Affairs Minister has backed calls for the introduction of a penalty points system  for motoring offences.  

Jersey's £200k aid to be spent on food and medical supplies

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey

About £200,000 of money from Jersey to help the food crisis in east Africa is expected to pay for food, hygiene kits, water purification tablets, shelters and medical supplies.

South Sudan
AP

Last month, a famine was declared in parts of South Sudan - the first to be announced in any part of the world in six years.

Drought and conflict are being blamed for the crisis.

No referendum to be held on electoral reform

BBC Radio Jersey

A referendum will not be held on whether the States should change voting districts for deputies in Jersey.

The assembly dismissed calls for a binding referendum either later this year or on the same day as the general election in 2018.

In May, politicians will debate changing the electoral districts for the 29 deputies so those seats are elected from six districts, rather than current parish-based system. If agreed, those changes will come in at next year's election.

Further warning over spam texts

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A scam targeting Guernsey mobile phone numbers duped hundreds of islanders on Tuesday. 

Mobile users received a text message with the words "Call me" and a Lithuanian phone number.

Police and Sure said people shouldn't message or call the number, which was a premium rate phone line.

Man banned from being company director after jail sentence

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A Guernsey financial adviser has been banned from being a company director for 12 years.

Adrian Galliers was found guilty on 10 counts of fraud over a four-and-a-half year period, and jailed for three years in March last year.

Galliers
Guernsey Police

Mr Galliers took money from his clients' pension funds, many long-term friends of the financial adviser, after he'd suffered money difficulties.

Galliers' company, Guernsey Financial Consultants Limited, was previously fined £42,000 by the GFSC regulator after concerns were raised about the way the business was run.

Weather forecasters' move could affect fog disruption work

Sarah Bailey

BBC Radio Jersey

Disruption to flights through fog was kept to a minimum last week because of the location of the forecasters' office.

Plane
Department of the Environment

Officers were able to look out of the window to get a clear, up-to-the-minute assessment of the conditions. 

However, there are plans to knock down the 1937 building where they are housed at the moment, and it's uncertain where the office will go.

Jersey to send £200k to help food crisis in East Africa

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey is sending £200,000 to help the food crisis in South Sudan and East Africa.

Famine
BBC

The money, from the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, will be split between two charities: the British Red Cross and Plan International. 

The Disasters Emergency Committee said at least 16m people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan needed food, water and medical treatment.

Rebranded stock exchange 'could create more jobs'

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's rebranded stock exchange could mean more jobs are created.

Fiona Le Poidevin
International Stock Exchange

Fiona Le Poidevin, from the Guernsey-headquartered International Stock Exchange, said its new base in the Isle of Man could mean more work for the finance sector here.

She said: "As we expand and grow, we will need to create more jobs. As the sponsors here and administrators perhaps set up companies in the UK, they will then have ongoing business. So we do hope the expansion of the exchange has a knock-on positive effect."

Jersey could hold its fourth referendum in a decade

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Politicians are debating whether there should be a referendum in the island on major boundary changes ahead of the next general election in 2018 . If approved, it would be the third reform referendum in less than 10 years.

Ballot Box
BBC

In 2008, Jersey held its first referendum in decades, dubbed the "first of the modern political era in the island". It was on whether Jersey should move to Central European Time and it was rejected. Jersey remained on GST.

The next referendum was in 2013. It was a controversial vote, using proportional representation on proposed reforms to the island's electoral system.

The successful outcome, Option B , was roughly what the States has since approved, and what would be put to the public in a yes/no vote. However, shortly after the 2013 vote,  politicians rejected the outcome of the referendum due to a low turnout.

Vote
BBC

A year later, there was another reform referendum. This was a simple yes or no question: " Should constables remain in the States? ". People voted yes by a margin of about 62%. Since then, the question has more or less been settled.

Prisoners' art work to be displayed

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Art and craft work produced by prisoners in HMP La Moye will be exhibited at the Harbour Gallery in St Aubin from 24 March to 2 April.

Painting
HMP La Moye

This will be the ninth annual exhibition of prisoners’ work, and this year they are working towards producing between 60 to 100 items of art and craft work to exhibit. 

This will include paintings, drawings, ceramics and woodwork.

Expanding business links could create more jobs in Guernsey

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

It's hoped expanding business links announced this week could help create more jobs locally within the finance sector.

The latest data shows a 1% decline in the economic value of the industry as a whole.

St Peter Port
BBC

Kate Clouston, from promotional group Guernsey Finance is welcoming yesterday's signing of a memoranda of understanding with a Chinese insurance regulator.

Insurers now employ 11% of finance staff locally, and she said this deal is an important one.

Five-and-a-half years in prison for child abuser

BBC Radio Jersey

A man convicted of abusing young boys has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison by Jersey's Royal Court.

Christopher Roy Bacon, 74, of Le Marais, had previously been found guilty of eight historic sexual offences against children. He will stay on the sex offenders' register for 10 years.

Royal Court
BBC

The offences were all committed while Bacon was a teacher at D'Hautree school in the late 1970s and the early 1980s.

Royal Court commissioner Michael Birt told Bacon he had committed a gross betrayal against boys who were entrusted to his care and psychological reports suggest two victims in particular had been significantly affected by what he did.

He said: "You pleaded not guilty and forced your victims to come to court and relive what happened."

A restraining order has also been made to prevent Bacon contacting one of his victims on his release from prison.

Dry and mostly cloudy

BBC Weather

It will be a dry but cloudy afternoon with any mist and fog clearing. 

It will feel quite mild, especially if any sunshine manages to break through. The maximum temperature will be 11C (52F).

Jersey

Jersey
BBC

Guernsey

Guernsey
BBC

Where will the gulls go once Mont Cuet is covered over?

Guernsey Press

Coastal car parks and built-up areas should be safe from gull infestations when Mont Cuet closes, some of the island’s bird experts have said.

Jersey Aircraft Registry: 'We need to stop copying everybody'

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

Senator Sarah Ferguson has suggested Jersey should cut its losses over the Jersey Aircraft Registry, which has only had two aircraft sign up since it launched in 2015.

Sarah Ferguson
BBC

She said: "In the finance industry we've always supported banks and funds whereas Guernsey has always been big in insurance and we specialise in different areas effectively.

"If they're specialising in aircraft registry we need to look at something else instead of just copying everybody."

BreakingStates rejects call for election day referendum

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Politicians have rejected a call to hold a referendum on boundary changes on the same day as the general election in 2018.

Members also voted against a proposal to introduce a minimum 40% turnout barrier for the decision to be implemented.  

States of Jersey
BBC

They will now go on to vote on a call to hold a referendum before the end of 2017 so that the new boundaries can be in place before the general election in May 2018.

If a referendum is rejected, then the already approved boundary changes - moving from a system of smaller parish based districts for deputies to six large electoral districts - will come in by 2018.

Even if they do approve a referendum, there is no guarantee the outcome would be honoured by politicians. 

Constable of St Clement Len Norman said: "It should be remembered any referendum in Jersey is advisory. The States would have the final decision."

Happy Birthday, Radio Jersey: 35 years young!

BBC Radio Jersey is celebrating is 35th birthday today.

BBC Radio Jersey
BBC

It first went on air at 19:00 on 15 March 1982 with a programme hosted by Peter Gore, who was the station's breakfast show presenter.

The then Bailiff, the late Frank Ereaut, welcomed the service to the island.

Driver of taxi plays a central role in capture of a car thief

Jersey Evening Post

A man who stole a car after finding a set of keys and then drove it while over the drink-drive limit was caught thanks to the actions of a quick-thinking taxi driver .  

Care charity hopes to set up hardship fund

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Jersey's Family Nursing and Home Care is planning to set up a hardship fund for people who can't afford its care. 

The news comes as it's trying to get a sponsor for its Scarecrow trail fundraising event on the last May bank holiday weekend. 

Care
Science Photo Library

Ivo Le Maistre Smith, from the charity, said they hoped to be able to help anyone who needed it.

He said: "We are potentially planning to set up a hardship fund for people who struggle to afford their home care costs. The services we provide are cradle to grave, and the funds we need are cradle to grave."

Guernsey man banned from being company director

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey financial adviser who was jailed for three years for defrauding his clients has now been banned from being a company director for more than a decade. 

Adrian Galliers' clients - many long-term friends - lost more than £150,000 in the deception.

Adrian Galliers
Guernsey Police

Guernsey's financial regulator, the GFSC, successfully applied to the Royal Court to have the 51-year-old banned from acting as a director of any Guernsey company. The court disqualified him for 12 years.

States to vote on reform referendum plan

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Today Jersey politicians are debating whether already approved reforms should be put to the people in a referendum before they are implemented.

Proposed districts
BBC

The reforms will see the deputy elections move from mainly parish or district boundaries to six large districts taking in several parishes. There would be between four and five deputies elected in each of the districts.

Deputy Lyndon Farnham, who was the politician behind the approved reforms, wants the public to vote on the changes before they come in, and wants it by the end of this year. 

Deputy Jeremy Macon has an amendment to that plan saying the vote should be held on the same day as the general election in May 2018.

So, by the end of today, either the reforms will be in place for the 2018 election, there will be a referendum by the end of this year to ask if the changes should come in, or the referendum will be held on election day in 2018.

New agreements with China 'will boost Guernsey's finance industry'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A new set of agreements with China will boost Guernsey's finance industry, creating jobs and taking it into new markets. 

That's the view of Guernsey Finance's Kate Clouston. 

China
Getty Images

She says Guernsey's memoranda of understanding with Chinese regulators in the areas of insurance, banking and securities, are a positive development. 

Mail plane cancelled due to fog

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Inquiry could change regulation of care on Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

The new Care Commission chairman Glenn Houston says he will study what the recommendations from the Jersey Care Inquiry will mean for the island.

The Jersey Care Inquiry was due to release its final report at the end of this month, but it's been delayed while the panel reviews new information.

Care
Science Photo Library

He said: "Any inquiry will bring with it a series of recommendations.

"I will be keen to study the recommendations coming out of the specific inquiry in Jersey and, together with the other commissioners, to give some thought to whatever the recommendations from that inquiry will mean for regulation of care on the island."

Guernsey parkrun to mark its first birthday

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Guernsey parkrun will celebrate its first birthday on 8 April.

The 5km run starts at 09:00 every Saturday at Pembroke attracting more than 1,200 participants.

Parkrun
Parkrun

Event director Lorna O'Donnell said: "We had a great turnout of over 100 participants for our inaugural event last year, and I was hopeful the parkrun formula would prove as popular in Guernsey as it has elsewhere."

Disappointment for Jersey's bowlers at British championships

BBC Sport

It was disappointment all the way for Jersey's bowlers in Belfast at the British Isles Indoor Bowls Championships yesterday.

In the ladies' pairs semi-finals, Diane Canavan and Doreen Moon lost to Scotland 24-14.

Tommy Greechan and Will Waymouth lost their men's pairs semi- final against England champions Tolchard and Ridout 34-11.

Chloe Greechan went out 21-11 in the ladies' junior singles to England's Katy Smith.

And, also representing the Channel Islands, the Guernsey Ladies Forino, Parker and Merrien lost their triples semi-final against Ireland 17-9.

Jersey must 'cut losses' over aircraft registry

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

A senior Jersey politician claims the States could be wasting its time and money with the Jersey Aircraft Registry.

It was hoped that people would pay the States to register their aircraft.

The original target was to get 12 aircraft registered when the scheme started in 2015. Only two aircraft have signed up so far. The scheme has cost more than £800,000.

Sarah Ferguson
BBC

Senator Sarah Ferguson asked if Jersey was "flogging a dead horse". 

She said: "There must come a point where we cut our losses and think: 'Well, this didn't work so we'll stop doing it'."

Launch of Channel Islands International Stock Exchange

Oscar Pearson

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Channel Islands' rebranded International Stock Exchange says it hopes it can provide a lower-cost alternative to the London Stock Exchange. 

More than 120 attended the launch of its Isle of Man office.

Fiona Le Poidevin
International Stock Exchange

Group CEO Fiona Le Poidevin said she planned to use its new Isle of Man base to attract small and medium-sized businesses from across the north of England, offering "political stability and competitive pricing in the post-Brexit climate".

Latest weather: Dry and mostly cloudy today

BBC Weather

After a cloudy start with some mist and fog, cloud will gradually lift and break up a little to allow for some brighter spells to develop. 

It will feel mild in the sunshine with light winds. The maximum temperature will be 13C (55F).

BBC weather for the south west

Moped rider taken to A&E after crash

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A moped rider has been taken to hospital in Jersey after being involved in a crash in St Peter.

The crash involved a car and moped near Marks and Spencer at Croix au Lion. 

Emergency services are on the scene. Jersey Police warned that delays were likely and advised motorists to use an alternative route.

Guernsey travel: Traffic lights aren't working

BBC News Travel

  • Traffic lights on Mount Row and Ville Au Roi aren't working at the moment - States Works are aware of it
  • There are temporary traffic lights up on the Bordage until the end of the month and on the Route De La Lague in St Peters until Friday
  • New Road in St Sampsons is closed until Friday. This affect bus routes 11, 12 and 92
  • Sandy Hook estate is closed. This means Sandy Hook Road is one way, going inland, for the next four weeks. This affects the P2 bus route

  • At the airport, the 08:00 Aurigny arrival from Alderney is now cancelled - passengers are advised to contact Aurigny directly
  • The 07:45 Flybe arrival from Exeter was due at 08:10
  • There are no issues at the harbour